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Beneficial Bugs in a Bag
At Logee’s, we have turned our attention to using beneficial insects, or known in the industry as IPM (integrated pest management). Today’s post is about treating for Western Flower Thrip. Western Flower Thrip is a prevalent pest in most garden centers and seen on outdoor plants. We recently had an outbreak in our 19,000 sq. foot production greenhouse and this is what we did.


1,000 Sachets of Beneficial Bugs (predatory mites)
1,000 Sachets of Beneficial Bugs (predatory mites)
Each Sachet has 500 adult mites
Each Sachet has 500 adult mites
 
A sachet among the variegated vanilla crop which covers a 10 sq. foot area
A sachet among the variegated vanilla crop which covers a 10 sq. foot area
The large leaved Philodendron Gloriosum hides the bags
The large leaved Philodendron Gloriosum hides the bags
Alocasia Zebrina has attractive striped stems
Alocasia Zebrina has attractive striped stems
Philodendron Autumn shows off its colorful leaves
Philodendron Autumn shows off its colorful leaves
Swirskii-Breeding-System will slow release 500 bugs every week for 4 weeks
Swirskii-Breeding-System will slow release 500 bugs every week for 4 weeks 
Hibiscus leaf with sand-like material which houses the good bugs
Hibiscus leaf with sand-like material which houses the good bugs


The home gardener can treat thrip, spider mite and white fly with predatory pests. I’m one of those gardeners that like convenience. For the past three years I’ve treated all my indoor plants with predatory insects and after two applications each year, I easily solve the problem.

Check out this website: A site for the home gardener called Rincon-Vitova Insectaries

The bugs for the home gardener come in tubes. Simply sprinkle the bugs, packing material and all on your indoor plant’s leaves. The bedding or sand-like substance in the tube is what carries the beneficials. It looks like sand on your leaves but is necessary so the beneficial insects can crawl out of their packing material and onto the leaves to find and consume the bad bugs.




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